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First Tennessee names new Commercial Banking Leader


Renee Drake, a veteran banker with more than 30 years of experience, is the new executive vice president for commercial banking at First Tennessee Bank in Nashville.

She will succeed Tony Thompson, who is now the president of First Tennessee’s newest community banking market of Columbia, Tenn.

“First Tennessee is on the path to become Nashville’s bank, just as we’re known as Tennessee’s bank,” said Carol Yochem, president of First Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee region. “Renee is bringing to our already strong team her outstanding commercial banking skills and her deep relationships in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. We’re excited for her leadership at First Tennessee.

”Drake most recently served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management Executive for the Tennessee affiliate of Fifth Third Bank.Prior to joining Fifth Third, Drake spent 16 years with SunTrust Bank where she held leadership positions in the Commercial and Corporate Banking, and the Private Wealth Management lines of business. Earlier in her career she worked for Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a Commercial Banking Team Lead. Drake is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where she received her BSBA and an MBA.

Drake has served on the Boards of the United Way of Middle TN and Salvation Army and is currently a member of the downtown Rotary. She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal in 2010 as one of their “Women of Influence” and again in 2011 as a “Power Leader in Banking.”

About First Tennessee
First Tennessee is part of the First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN) family of companies. First Horizon’s 4,300 employees provide financial services through more than 170 bank locations in and around Tennessee and 27 FTN Financial offices in the U.S. and abroad. The company was founded during the Civil War in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. First Tennessee has one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country, and FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional customers in the U.S. and abroad. First Horizon has been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by Working Mother and American Banker magazines. More information is available at


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